Subaru unveiled its 2012 Impreza at the New York Auto Show in April, and upon seeing the new car's new shape, we instantly started to picture it with all of the hardcore WRX and STI bits (including gold wheels, of course). However, it might not be as simple as slapping on some bits and pieces to the Impreza body anymore. According to Motor Trend, a source within Subaru says that the next-generation WRX will be very different from its Impreza kin.
First and foremost, the name "Impreza WRX" as we know it may soon be defunct. Since Subaru is planning for the new 'Rex to be a greater departure from the Impreza-based cars that came before it, the car's nomenclature may simply change to solely "WRX" and "WRX STI." Fine, since that's what 90 percent of people call it, anyway.

In speaking to Motor Trend, a Subaru spokesperson said that, "Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body." From there, the source stated that while the WRX will use a version of the Impreza's platform, it will be "radically modified and significantly shortened." How short? A little bigger than a Toyota Yaris, Motor Trend reports. Yikes!

What's more, it looks like the WRX's turbocharged Boxer engine may lose some displacement, with the new car using a 1.6-liter unit capable of producing somewhere around 270 horsepower. A twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) version is also said to be under development.

Look for the next-generation WRX to land in 2014.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like Subaru might be looking to get back into the WRC with the smaller car the engine is the giveaway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good catch. 1.6L would let them compete at the top level again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing wrong with a smaller, lighter (probably faster) WRX. It should also get better mileage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Making it smaller? Great. But making it very different from the Impreza sounds like it will do nothing but raise its price. The whole point of the WRX was that it was cheap because it was based on the econobox Impreza which means all the extra money could be invested in go-fast bits.
      Bryan South
      • 4 Years Ago
      WRC?! WRC? WRC? WRC? !!@!!@
      emperor koku
      • 4 Years Ago
      Little bigger than a Yaris makes sense. Actual WRC cars are getting smaller - witness the Fiesta and DS3. Makes sense for the WRX to follow that trend, even if it doesn't compete. Heck, maybe it's a prelude to Subaru rejoining WRC.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @emperor koku
        What would be grand is if Subaru would actually come out with a B-segment car in the US... you have a good point about the Fiesta and DS3, and this could be a good way to launch Subaru's jump into the B-segment market. I know they have the Justy or whatever overseas, but I think it's time we got a B-segment in North America. I know they are a smaller manufacturer, but heck, I see enough Suzuki SX4's running around to think that this could work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a rally enthusiast, and heck I enjoy the hell out of my Evo. I'll tell you what though, I HOPE this thing goes to production like that. If they get that much power out of a little motor, with a smaller and much lighter chassis, I'd be all for it. I love, I adore actually, hot-hatches, and I curse Europe every day we don't get any here in the states. Subaru, you make this happen, make the styling edgy like this and the interior quality including putting a real stereo in the car, and I will be there with my deposit DAY ONE. People been begging for a new "22b", I was one of them, and hoped the new joint-car would be it but it's not. Now I know why, because this. And I'm in!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ditto... i'd trade in my evo for a smaller, 3-door hatch-- something the size of a C30/golf/Abarth/Fiesta
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it, I don't care, as long as it's fast and handles well.
      Justin Campanale
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I'm all for the WRX splitting off from the Impreza line, I think that there should be a seperate Yaris sized WRX branded model. It should have around 200 hp, maybe they can add direct injection to the 2.5 flat six and stuff it in. The regular WRX should retain its current size, but move to the FT-86's platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds good but really, all I wanna know about is the STi version. This new WRX is probably going to be competing with that new Mustang in 2014. I'd really like to see Subaru make a true flagship car. A 400hp STi that can beat the Mustang GT at everything would be nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the same vein, I was kind of hoping to see the STI get a turbocharged H6 in the 400HP range. I guess that isn't happening.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This definitely sounds like a possible return to the WRC. Wonder if Mitsubishi might follow suit with the Lancer Sportback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This can only mean great things. When Nissan decided to seperate the GT-R from its Skyline lineage, they took things to a whole new level. The WRX crown has become to heavy to be worn by a cookie-cutter hatchback. If only Mitsubishi would do the same with the Evo/Lancer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't really have an opinion about this decision, but I do find those auxiliary lights in the hood scoop quite an awesome idea and concept!
        Al Terego
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, thanks for pointing that out! It looks like mischief lurking beneath the hood.
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